Stunning moment man pulls out a HAMMER and destroys a ‘racist’ sign in a Melbourne suburban street saying Covid is ‘made in China’
- Footage captured moment man destroyed sign on Melbourne residential street
- Read ‘Made in China – Covid-19’ – referring to pandemic’s origin in Asian country
- Video showed man cutting metal sign in half before smashing it with a hammer
- Man said friend told him about the sign, which was ‘insulting’ to Chinese people
Startling footage has captured the moment a man destroyed a sign on a residential street that claimed Covid-19 was ‘made in China’.
The video shared on TikTok next to the caption ‘say no to racism’ showed the man cutting the metal sign in half before smashing it to pieces with a hammer in Glen Waverley in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
The sign read ‘Made in China – Covid-19’ – a reference to the pandemic’s origin in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019.
‘A friend told me someone posted a sign insulting Chinese people – saying coronavirus is from China,’ the man told the camera.
‘We have to remove it.’
He spent about a minute cutting the sign into three pieces with an electric saw before using the hammer to knock it to the ground.
The video drew widespread support on the viral video site, with commenters praising the man for standing up to discrimination.
‘I would literally do the same thing,’ one person wrote.
‘Can’t believe this is happening in 2021. Hope the cowards responsible for this are held accountable,’ another said.
‘No matter where [the virus] is from, it shouldn’t lead to racism – that’s never forgivable,’ one commented.
A man has been filmed destroying a sign on a Melbourne residential street that claimed Covid-19 was ‘made in China’
The video drew widespread support on TikTok, with commenters praising the man for standing up to discrimination
The video follows China accusing Australia of failing to stop anti-Asian discrimination.
Australia’s relationship with China has soured after Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an independent inquiry into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A Lowy Institute survey in March found one in five Chinese-Australians claim to have been attacked or physically threatened.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said he was ‘deeply concerned’ and called on Australians to ‘own up’ to the racial divide.
‘For quite some time, there has been continuous discrimination in Australia against people of Asian origins, including overseas Chinese, which poses serious threats to the safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens in Australia,’ he said.
A Lowy Institute survey in March found one in five Chinese-Australians claim to have been attacked or threatened. Pictured: People in face masks in Sydney
‘The Chinese government previously issued a travel advisory and an alert for Chinese students going to study in Australia, hoping that Chinese citizens in Australia will take precautions for their own safety.
‘At the same time, we hope that the Australian side will own up to the problem, make their people better citizens, solve the problems of racism and discrimination at home and safeguard the safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens in Australia.’
Last June, Chinese authorities urged its students and other citizens not to travel to Australia due to a rise in racist attacks.
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